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Maansi Creates Gujerati Football History

SIxteen-year-old, Maansi Kapadia created history by being the first woman to play in the Vodafone Kshatriya World Cup 2018 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Her presence has been well-accepted
01 Jul 2018 10:00
Maansi Creates Gujerati Football History
Maansi Kapadia (front- second from left) with the Melbourne football team during the 8th Vodafone Kshatriya World Cup at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on June 30, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

SIxteen-year-old, Maansi Kapadia created history by being the first woman to play in the Vodafone Kshatriya World Cup 2018 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Her presence has been well-accepted in the male dominated football tournament which started in 2002.

She played alongside her dad Rakesh of the Melbourne side. Her parents were born in Suva and later migrated to Sydney, Australia. Maansi attends Macquarie Fields High School in Sydney and she loves playing football.

“I’ve always loved the sport from a young age and had always wanted to play with my dad,” she told SUNsports.

“I wanted to make a change and suggest to other women to follow their dreams. Everyone at home supports me and they always cheer me on from the stands.”

Maansi’s dad is a former Lami player and he is proud of her achievement.

She hopes to be a paediatric nurse when she completes her education.

Her older sister Jaanvi said that Maansi is determined to find a way to do what she loves.

“She is not just my young sister but she is an inspiration to all girls to partake in sports and help make the gradual change in the Gujarati community.”

Nadi Kshatriya Sava Samaj, president Nitin Hiralal said, “We do not object women from playing in this tournament and she has created history. It is her choice after all and we always welcome women to play.”

 

NEW WINNER

A new winner of the Thakorlal Cup will be crowned in the 8th Vodafone Kshatriya World Cup final today.

This is after defending champions Team Auckland failed to make the semifinal. Hosts Nadi, winners of the 2005 and 2011 events have topped Pool A while Sydney are runners-up. Debutant, London (UK) are pool B winner and Brisbane Maroon were the runners-up.

 

POOL RESULTS

Brisbane Gold 0–2 Sydney, Ba 0–1 London, Lautoka 3-0 Melbourne, Brisbane Maroon 1–0 Suva, Nadi 1-0 Sydney, Auckland 0-0 London, Lautoka 4–0 Brisbane Gold, Brisbane Maroon 0–0 Ba, Nadi 5–0 Melbourne, Auckland 1–2 Suva;

 

WHAT’S ON TODAY

8.30am Semifinal One: Nadi v Brisbane Maroons; 9.50am: Semifinal Two: London v Sydney; 11.30am Veterans final; 2pm Grand final

Edited by   Leone Cabenatabua

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